3 killed and 20 injured in attack near UK Parliament, police say
According to CNN reporting, a police officer was stabbed and the assailant shot by police near the British Houses of Parliament, in what police are treating as a terrorist incident.
London’s Metropolitan Police said on Twitter they were called at approximately 2:40 pm to reports of a firearms incident near Westminster Bridge.
British media reported there were multiple injuries.
A crowd of terrified people can be seen running away from the scene, then three shots can clearly be heard.
The attacker, armed with two large knives, mowed down pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge, including schoolchildren, then rushed at the gates in front of the Houses of Parliament, stabbing the policeman before being shot dead by other officers.
Eyewitnesses described scenes of terror when gunfire rang out as the man approached a second officer.
Scotland Yard’s top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley said the two other fatalities were on the bridge when the terrorist struck. At least 20 other people were injured.